Philippians 3:7-11: That I may know Him
February 2nd, 2020

7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead


Paul said that he, at one time, had put his confidence in the flesh.


This week, we get the “after the makeover” picture. Paul’s attitude now.


Paul says: The very things that I formerly regarded and considered true gains to me, in which I had placed my trust, I have come to regard a harmful loss, for the sake of Christ.


Paul is signifying that he counts them all together as one big loss.


We tend to put confidence in the earthly blessings of God, instead of in God Himself.


Paul says what is more, I continue, up to this very day to count these things as loss.


There’s a big difference between knowing about Christ, and knowing Christ personally.


Paul had suffered the loss of all things.


And when he considers his ever more full knowledge of Christ, and especially his future full knowledge of Christ, he can only look at these former things as garbage.


But the righteousness that Paul has now is a status of being right with God that comes about as God’s free gift (Rom 3:21).


The power of His resurrection is the power of God. The life-giving power which He manifested in raising Jesus from the dead.


The same power which he now manifests in the new life which the Christian receives.

Fellowship of His sufferings


When we focus on our suffering, we look away from Jesus.


When we focus on Jesus, we look at our suffering rightly.


Our present sufferings are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed when we see Jesus (Rom 8:18).


Paul emphasizes the fellowship of his sufferings—how this identification with Christ in his sufferings is how we experience the Power of God to get us through it.


It’s one of the primary means that God uses to demonstrate His power in our lives by getting us through these things


Our our experience of God’s power in our lives, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, makes us want to get to know Him more.


The sufferings are the very thing that works ultimately to conform us to Christ’s death.


This identification with Christ in dying to ourselves puts the focus on the purpose of the dying. The purpose of dying to ourselves is so that we may identify with Christ in his death.





Prayer Time on Thursdays
January 17th, 2020

Please join us for prayer time at 10:00 am on Thursdays (except the 4th Thursday when we meet at noon). Come be a part of what God is doing at Mountain Valley Church of God!





Philippians 2:19-24: Brothers in Arms
January 12th, 2020

Brother

First, Paul calls Epaphroditus brother, which is a little unusual since Jews only called each other brother or sister

For Paul to call a gentile “brother” was a big deal—and he does it over and over in this letter to the Philippians, calling the church his brethren.

In Christ Jesus we are all children of God through faith (Galatians 5:26)

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free man, neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28)

Fellow worker

Paul calls Epaphroditus a “fellow worker”.

This term is used in the New Testament for those who are laboring for God

It’s up to God to choose what the work will be because it’s His work that needs to be done, and it’s our part to make ourselves available when He calls us to it.

Fellow soldier

Paul calls Epaphroditus, ‘my fellow soldier’.

Continue to strive to be as closely conformed to Jesus as we can, cooperating with the Holy Spirit to be transformed into the image of Jesus, to look more and more like Jesus.

Despite all of the hardships and suffering, despite all of the adversaries and persecutions, to stay in the battle. We stay in the battle because of faith. Zecheriah 4:6b ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.

It’s God’s battle and God’s victory, so we must fight the battle God’s way.

who is also your messenger and minister to my need

Epaphroditus is the messenger from the Philippian church.

Not only that, Epaphroditus was there to minister

Paul is immediately thanking God for His mercy.

The Philippians joy that he’s been trying to encourage them toward is probably being decreased by their worry for Epaphroditus

Paul is telling them to receive Epaphroditus, in the Lord, which means as a brother or sister in Christ with hearts full of joy

We honor those who have suffered for the work of God is because God honors them.